Gwent Collieries Plans and Drawings of Surface Buildings

Scope and Content

collection of plans and drawings from Abercarn Colliery, 1957-1964; Arrail Griffin (Six Bells) Colliery, 1948-1962; Bedwas Colliery, 1937-1963; Beynon Colliery, 1931-1949; Blaenavon (Big Pit) Colliery, 1929-1964; Britannia Colliery, 1930-1977; North Celynen Colliery, 1930-1957; South Celynen Colliery, 1950-1953; Cwmcarn Colliery, 1930; Cwmtillery Colliery, 1938-1958; Hafodyrynys Colliery, 1920-1963; Markham Colliery, 1932-1956; Newport District sales office and House, 1960-1968; Nine Mile Point Colliery, 1930-1956; Oakdale Navigation Colliery, 1931-1953; Pochin Colliery, 1950-1954; Risca Colliery, 1929-1958; Rose Heyworth Colliery, 1928-1958; Steer Colliery, 1955; Tredegar Colliery, 1959-1973; Waunlwyd Colliery, 1931-1933; Wyllie Colliery, 1924-1965; South Wales area general plans, 1982; including colliery notice boards and plans, 1964; standard drawings, 1943-1962, and surface plans and maps, 1916-1950.

Administrative / Biographical History

The South Wales coalfield is the largest continuous coalfield in Britain. It extends from Gwent westwards to Pembrokeshire.


Arranged into the following: Abercarn Colliery; Arrail Griffin (Six Bells) Colliery; Bedwas Colliery; Beynon Colliery; Blaenavon (Big Pit) Colliery; Britannia Colliery; North Celynen Colliery; South Celynen Colliery; Cwmcarn Colliery; Cwmtillery Colliery; Hafodyrynys Colliery; Markham Colliery; Newport; Nine Mile Point Colliery; Oakdale Navigation Colliery; Pochin Colliery; Risca Colliery; Rose Heyworth Colliery; Steer Colliery; Tredegar Colliery; Waunlwyd Colliery; Wyllie Colliery; South Wales area; Colliery notice boards and plans; standard drawings; surface plans and maps.

Access Information

No restrictions.


Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Gwent Record Office, Gwent Collieries Plans and Drawings of Surface Buildings; Cornwell, John Collieries of South Wales: 1 & 2 (Ashbourne, 1993); Welsh Coal Mines website ( viewed 22 August 2005.

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Gwent Record Office and the National Library of Wales.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright laws apply.

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained

Custodial History

This collection of plans and drawings formed part of a larger collection, which had been held by British Coal's Midland and Wales Group at its Cannock offices, Staffordshire. The plans and drawings relate to surface buildings, mainly pit head baths, and details of fixtures and equipment. They were initially transferred, from British Coal to the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, Aberystwyth. Following discussions with Welsh County Archivists it was agreed that Gwent Record Office should sort out and list this particular collection and distribute the plans to the appropriate record offices. This collection consists of all plans and drawings relating to Gwent and those drawings which do not relate to any specific locality.Most items are of the period following Nationalisation, but a few drawings relate to the colliery companies w2hich owned the various collieries before the National Coal Board.


Accruals are not expected.